In frightening news form the U.S. Army, basic training is being redesigned because new recruits haven’t learned any skills growing up to prepare them for rigorous military maneuvers.
"What leaders have observed in general is they believe that there is too much of a sense of entitlement, questioning of lawful orders, not listening to instruction, too much of a buddy mentality with NCOs and officers and a lot of tardiness being late to formation and duties," Maj. Gen. Malcolm Frost said. "These are trends that they see as increasing that they think are part of the discipline aspect that is missing and that they would like to see in the trainees that become soldiers that come to them as their first unit of assignment."
According to Military.com:
The U.S. Army will soon launch a redesign of Basic Combat Training intended to build more discipline after many commanders complained that new soldiers often show up to their first units with a sloppy appearance and undisciplined attitudes.
By early summer, new recruits will go through Army BCT that's designed to instill strict discipline and esprit de corps by placing a new emphasis in drill and ceremony, inspections, pride in military history while increasing the focus on critical training such as physical fitness, marksmanship, communications and battlefield first aid skills.
The program will also feature three new field training exercises that place a greater emphasis on forcing recruits to demonstrate Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, the list of key skills all soldiers are taught to survive in combat.
Frost added that not only are trainees sloppy, but have a poor work ethic and are careless with equipment.
Nearly 30,000 officers took part in a survey and the most common complaint far above any other was that new soldiers lacked discipline. The Army is addressing this and adding was to whip the recruits into shape.
However, some basic qualifications are being dropped in the new U.S. Army — most notably, grenade throwing.
“We are finding that there are a large number of trainees that come in that quite frankly just physically don't have the capacity to throw a hand grenade 20 to 25 to 30 meters,” Frost said. “In 10 weeks, we are on a 48-hour period; you are just not going to be able to teach someone how to throw if they haven't thrown growing up."
New soldiers will be trained with grenades but throwing those distances, roughly between 60 to 100 feet, is no longer required to graduate.
"If we can get a more physically fit, better prepared, more-disciplined soldier in Basic Combat Training, AIT and [One-Station Unit Training] then we believe we will have less attrition in first unit of assignment," said Frost.
There were plenty of complaints floating around online:
“When you turn your military into a social experiment, you get these kind of results.”
“Army to lower hand grenade requirements because women do not have the strength to throw it far enough to meet existing requirements to graduate SMH.”
“Get off the couch for crips sakes. [sic] Put down the game controller and get outside and play. What a sad situation.”